IIoT Gateway Solution for Utility Markets


Wunderlich-Malec Engineering and OSIsoft LLC, announced VIP Tower, an Internet of Things (IoT) gateway solution for the industrial and utility markets.


The VIP Tower is a software bundle that combines OSIsoft’s PI System with high-end engineering company WM’s VIP Services software tool to create an industrial QR code that allows employees at any location – plant floors, pipelines, dams and other remote locations – complete access to maintenance records, compliance documents and near real-time data at any point while onsite for specific assets.


The combined software tool is standardized on an HPE GL20 Industrial Gateway so it is accessible from even the most remote locations and can easily connect with multiple analytical software packages. Arrow Electronics, a global technology-solutions provider will provide custom assembly, packaging and go-to-market services for the VIP Tower solution.


The VIP Tower enables industrial workers to make real-time decisions related to maintenance, compliance and other factors at the edge, connecting previously unconnected assets to boost operational visibility. Potential uses for VIP Tower include, but are not necessarily limited to, energy plants, water municipalities, remote pumps and pipelines. VIP Tower improves local process efficiency, asset lifecycle management and service quality.



In developing the solution, WM and OSIsoft have also partnered with V5 Systems to integrate its V5 Portable Edge Computing Unit (PECU), a computing platform for collecting, analyzing and sharing sensor data in any outdoor area, free from the electrical grid. In remote locations, VIP Tower uses a solar panel and DC battery backup for high availability and reliability at the edge. Combining WM’s VIP Services solution and OSIsoft’s PI System with this solar-powered platform means employees can deploy the solution to access, read and contribute to the database with locally delivered independent power.


By creating this ecosystem around VIP Tower, WM and OSIsoft have ensured that VIP Tower provides a comprehensive bundled solution. Organizations in industries such as water and utilities will be able easily and efficiently to meet recent federal mandates around independent monitoring for substations, solving a leading problem the industrial space faces as it embraces digital throughout its operations.

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